Kettering Among Top Teams of International Competition


A Kettering team took second place in the Standards for Educational Advancement and Accreditation Fifth Instant Case Competition on Nov. 27.

The team of Gerardo Rios (’21, ME), Adam Hudecek (’23, ME) and Curtis Bartz (’21, EE) took second place for their presentation, “Hospice Care During COVID-19.” Another Kettering team, Haley Fox (’21, ME), William Moss (’24, CS) and Paulene Lasaca (’26, Management) was among the 12 finalists of the competition, too.

The competition, “B-School Challenges for Preparing Leaders for Digital Era,” consisted of a written case analysis and video case presentation, judged by a panel of experts from academia and industry.

Professor John Grether used the competition as a group assignment in his Management 101 class and encouraged the two teams to enter the contest.

“I am especially proud of these students and their ability to engage in a broader discussion of the application of technology to business and social issues, as by doing so they fundamentally support the Kettering brand,” Grether said.

The virtual event took place in New Delhi, India.

IT Upgrades This Weekend


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IT will upgrade essential systems from 6 p.m. this Friday to 11:59 p.m. this Saturday. Most Kettering systems may be unavailable during this time.

Expect disruptions of service on the following systems during the upgrade:

  • All applications that authenticate with your Kettering username and password, such as:
    • Kettering Google Workspace (Gmail, Calendar, Chat, Drive, etc.)
    • Blackboard
    • Kettering Connect
  • All Kettering-hosted applications, such as:
    • AIMS Parking Services
    • APEX Applications such as:
      • COVID Safe Return to Campus app
      • KqUest (Thesis)
    • Axiom (TargetX to Banner integration)
    • Bulldog Course Scheduler
    • Evisions Argos (University reporting), Intellecheck and FormFusion
    • KUcloud
    • FortiClient VPN
    • My Academic Plan (Degree Works) and Transfer Equivalency
    • National Clearinghouse eTranscript request delayed
    • Self Service and Administrative Tools (Banner)

If you are logged into an application before noon, you will remain signed in throughout the upgrade time frame.

This is a significant upgrade window with upgrades to networks and applications. Once upgrades are complete, you must clear your browser’s cache before logging in to load all system upgrades. See the following links for instructions on how to clear your browser’s cache:

Contact IT with any questions or concerns at or (810) 237-8324.

Sex Trafficking Awareness, Prevention Presentation on Wednesday




The Pride Alliance is partnering with the Prism Project to provide an educational presentation on child trafficking prevention and awareness from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., tomorrow, Dec. 1, in the Sunset Room of the Campus Center.

The Prism Project is a long-term safe house for minors who are victims of sex trafficking. They receive comprehensive care to help them heal and thrive in life after rescue.

Lunch will be provided to the first 25 students who attend.

Bulldog Movie Night on Thursday


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Bulldog Movie Night will feature “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at 8:30 p.m., this Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Sunset Room.

Free popcorn and refreshments will be available.

Toast to the Tassel on Dec. 8




The Toast to the Tassel Senior Reception for B-Section Senior III students will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., next Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Founders Room on the fifth floor of the Campus Center.

The event dress code is business dress.

To RSVP, email

Holiday Tree Lighting on Wednesday


Faculty, staff and students are invited to join University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan and First Lady Karen McMahan for the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 1, in the Great Court of the Campus Center.

Refreshments will be served.

SWE Honors Professor with Engaged Advocate Award




Dr. Diane Peters, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as one of the recipients of the Engaged Advocate award for 2022.

This honor is awarded by the Society of Women Engineers to people who contribute to the advancement or acceptance of women in engineering.

Peters will be presented with the award in March at the WE Local Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Scholarships Available


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The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 1. Apply through Scholarship Universe or your Admissions Portal.

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KDS December Special Events




The following are KDS special events for December:

  • Dec. 1: Tree lighting at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Court of the Campus Center with cookies and hot chocolate
  • Dec. 2: “Space Jam”-themed dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Cafe
  • Dec. 8: National Brownie Day
  • Dec. 13: National Hot Chocolate Day
  • Dec. 15: Late Night Breakfast at 8 p.m. in the Great Court; only breakfast and lunch served at the Sunrise Cafe
  • Dec. 19: First day of winter break

FSO Tickets Available for Feb. 12 Show


The Flint Symphony Orchestra will perform Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring: Suite” and Edvard Greg’s “Piano Concerto, op. 16, A Minor” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Whiting Auditorium.

Tickets are available in the Student Affairs Office on the third floor of the Campus Center to students, faculty and staff for $5 each.

Kettering External Relations is hosting a pre-concert gathering at 6 p.m. at the Flint Institute of Music (FIM) with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and a program discussion from FIM piano instructor Dr. Quincy Dobbs.

For more information, contact Jack Stock at ext. 7873 or

Upcoming SAC Speaker




The Student Alumni Council (SAC) welcomes you to an Alumni Speaker Event with Shana Downs ’08 at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Cowger Board Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.
Downs is the Director of Sales and Channel Management at May Mobility, an autonomous shuttle bus developer. In her role, she is responsible for finding partners and customers to invest in the shuttles. Downs previously worked at Goodyear as a senior business development manager.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Kettering University, where she volunteers as a mentor, alumni admissions ambassador and head of the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association’s Student Recruitment Committee. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University in 2012.
A boxed lunch will be provided upon the completion of this event. RSVP is required. Seating is limited to the first 25 students.
To RSVP, click here.
To watch virtually, click here.

SAE Recognizes Most Impactful Volunteers


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Dr. Jennifer Bastiann (’97), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Kettering University Board of Trustees member Carla Bailo (’83) were recognized as members of the “Top Contributor Class” of most impactful volunteers at the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) International 2021 Contributor of the Year Celebration.

Bastiann’s volunteer work with SAE includes organizing conferences, serving on a journal’s editorial board and advising multiple SAE student teams at Kettering. Bailo’s volunteer work includes speaking at conferences and authoring SAE publications.

The event was Nov. 4-7 in Tucson, Arizona.

Welcome New Colleagues

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Welcome to our newest colleagues who recently joined Kettering:


Anna Devota
Admissions Counselor, Recruit and Admissions


Kristine Paul
Operations Assistant, Auxiliary Services

‘Leadership and The Future of Mobility’ Virtual Forum on Wednesday


The CSLA Advisory Cabinet is hosting a virtual forum on “Leadership and the Future of Mobility” at 6 p.m., tomorrow, Nov. 17.

Alumni Dan Hancock ’73, Jeff Henderson ’88, Marie Johnson ’90 and Kayla McDonell ’12 will share their perspectives on the implications of mobility — socially, ethically and economically.

To RSVP, click here.

Susan Davies Retirement Reception on Dec. 2




A retirement reception for Susan L. Davies, Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations, will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.

All faculty and staff are invited.

Scholarship Luncheon on Nov. 22


The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council are hosting a Scholarship Luncheon from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., next Monday, Nov. 22 in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Students can learn about Kettering’s academic resources at the event.

Pancake Dinner Fundraiser Today




Alpha Gamma Delta is hosting a pancake dinner and silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m., today in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.

The cost is $5 for 10 pancakes. Money will be used to help fight hunger and food insecurity.

Volunteers Needed for Salvation Army Bell Ringing Red Kettle Campaign


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The Salvation Army has reached out to the Alumni Engagement Office to ask for volunteers to help during its annual Red Kettle Bell Ringing Campaign. The funds you help raise as a Salvation Army bell ringer will make a year-round impact in the Flint community.
This campaign will take place at the Flint Farmer’s Market, located at 300 E. First St., Flint, MI 48502, from Saturday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 23, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
We need one to two volunteers per shift which would be from 10 a.m. to noon and from noon to 2 p.m.
Every volunteer will receive a Kettering-branded winter hat. To volunteer, click here.
When you ring the bell, you’re making change happen.

Plenty of Area Giving Opportunities for Faculty, Staff


The holiday season is abundant with opportunities to help our friends and neighbors. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in one of the following philanthropic activities:

  • Virtual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan now through Dec. 17
  • Carriage Town Ministries Giving Tree is accepting donations starting this week through Dec. 6. Contact Student Life for more information.
  • Support the United Way of Genesee County through a payroll deduction by completing this form and submitting it to Kimberly Rodden in the payroll office. Or, send a contribution directly to the United Way of Genesee County, P.O. Box 949, Flint, MI 48501. For questions, contact Anna Ditrich at (810) 762-9504 or

Diwali Night on Thursday


The Kettering Student Government and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers are hosting Diwali Night from 6 to 8 p.m., this Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Founders Room on the fifth floor of the Campus Center.

Diwali is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year and typically lasts five days. This year’s Diwali started Nov. 4.


SWE Movie Night on Nov. 17


The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is hosting a movie night to celebrate women in engineering at 6 p.m., next Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Food from Chinese restaurant Hong Da will be served.

To vote on which movie should be shown and RSVP, click here.

Jack Stock Honored with Community Award




Jack Stock, Director of External Relations, was honored with the Gloria DeHart Community Champion Award during the Flint & Genesee Group’s Art of Achievement Awards on Nov. 4.

Stock has been with the University for more than 20 years. His work includes serving as co-chair of the University Avenue Corridor Coalition, a group of neighborhood stakeholders that addresses blight and crime spots, improve community health, stabilize land use, improve education and create partnerships to enhance the community. He also coordinates student volunteers for various community projects and events including, the CRIM Festival of Races, neighborhood cleanups and various beautification efforts.

The award, which is sponsored by Chase Bank, is given to a person or organization that worked to create a positive impact and perception of the area. It was the seventh year for the event, which is a communitywide celebration of the accomplishments that are helping move Flint and Genesee County forward.


Save the Dates for Co-op Evaluations


The Co-op Team will be available to conduct audits of your Co-op work term requirements and ensure your evaluations are up to date.

The audits will be available between 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 16, and Wednesday, Nov. 17, near the Library/ area in the Academic Building, at the main entrance of the Mott Building and in the Co-op Office on the fourth floor of the Campus Center.

Remember, students must have a minimum of five satisfactory Co-op terms to meet graduation requirements. At least three of those terms must take place after achieving Junior 1 status. Both a student and employee evaluation are required to receive credit.

The first 300 students to participate in a Co-op audit will receive a free care package.

A Night to Support the Prevention of Underage Drinking on Wednesday


The Wellness Center and Michigan State Police are hosting A Night to Support the Prevention of Underage Drinking from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 10, in the Founders Room on the fifth floor of the Campus Center.

The event includes a brief informational presentation and demonstration stations to show students the effects of consuming alcohol including, a pedal car driving course, drunk goggles, a driving simulator and sobriety tests.

The first 50 students will receive dinner. Snacks also will be available.

To RSVP, click here.

Business Speaker Series Event on Nov. 17


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The School of Management’s next Business Speaker Series: Hard Work Pays Off — Forge Your Own Path will take place from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Sunset Room on the second floor of the Campus Center and virtually.

Featured speakers will be Nicholas Pidek ’13, co-founder/owner of Foster Coffee Co., and Ross Person ’19, financial analyst at General Motors. The pair will speak about their career paths and provide advice on how to face difficult decisions in your career.

Those who attend in person will receive lunch and will be eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

To RSVP, click here.